Proscribed Areas of Cooperative Activity

USSR Council of Ministers, Proscribed Areas of Cooperative Activity: Appendix No I to Resolution. December 29, 1988

Original Source: Izvestiia, 31 January 1988.

Appendix No I to the Resolution of the USSR Council of Ministers of 29th December 1988

List of types of activity which cooperatives have no right to engage in.

The manufacture of any types of weapons, ammunition, explosives and fireworks, and also the repair of weapons; the teaching of karate and other types of combat for which the permission of the relevant bodies is required. The performance of blast-hole drilling operations.

The manufacture and sale of drugs and offensive and toxic substances.

The sowing, cultivation and sale of crops containing narcotic, offensive or toxic substances.

The administering of the following types of medical assistance: treatment of cancer patients; treatment of patients with infectious diseases, including venereal and contagious skin diseases; treatment of drug addiction; treatment of mentally ill people whose state of health requires immediate hospitalization; the issuing of findings on people’s mental condition; supervision and treatment of pregnant women; invasive methods of investigation and treatment; surgical intervention, including abortion; the conducting of statutory periodical and preliminary checkups and examination of citizens.

The manufacture and sale of medicines.

Activity to establish hygienic environmental norms for chemicals substances.

Wine and vodka production.

The organization and maintenance of gambling establishments and the organization of games of chance and taking of bets at sports and other competitions.

The manufacture, buying up and sale of articles made from precious metals and precious stones or articles in which these materials are used (including the manufacture of dental prostheses from precious metals).

The manufacture and sale of public catering products in unsanitary conditions and the use of food additives prohibited by sanitary norms and rules.

The organization of general education schools.

Publishing activity for the production of works of science, literature and art.

Making of movies and videos, organization of exchange, sale, renting and public showing of movies and videos and foreign economic activity associated with this.

The reproduction of movies, films and programs on video and all activity associated with it.

Servicing of the technical facilities of the unified national automated communications system and of television and sound broadcasting and cabled transmission facilities.

Manufacture of orders and medals and stamps and dies.

The performance of all types of cash transactions involving foreign currency. The taking on commission or acquisition of goods belonging to foreign citizens.

The manufacture and use of registered trademarks and trade names of Soviet and foreign enterprises and organizations without their permission.

The organization of pawnshops.

The organization and holding of lotteries.

The manufacture and restoration of icons, church plate and articles of religious symbolism and use; manufacture of candles (apart from decorative ones).

Appendix No 2 to the Resolution of the USSR Council of Ministers 29th December 1988

List of types of activity which cooperatives have the right to engage in only on the basis of contracts concluded with enterprises, organizations and institutions, for which these types of activity are the main ones.

The manufacture, alteration and repair of articles made from semiprecious stones or amber or articles using these materials, as well as the alteration and repair of articles made from precious metals and precious stones or articles using such materials.

The procurement and processing of secondary resources and waste materials containing precious metals and precious stones.

Medical assistance (apart from the types of assistance stated in Appendix No 1).

The organization of health and other camps for children, adolescents, and young people.

Manufacture of perfumes and cosmetics and household chemicals.

The rendering of editorial and publishing services to organizations authorized to engage in publishing activity, including reproduction of printed matter and publication of publicity and information materials; printing of forms, labels, menus, instructions and stationery.

Organization and conducting of paid concerts, discotheques, creative meetings and entertainment programs.

Manufacture of duplicating and copying equipment.

Production, reproduction and sale of gramophone records, tape recordings and other types of recording; sale of printed matter.

Lecture activities. Assistance in organizing foreign tourism.

Source: David Lane, Soviet Society under Perestroika (Boston: Unwin Hyman, 1990), pp. 51-53.

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